Tuesday was a big day for Nvidia, as the company announced that its new Tesla M2090 GPU is now rolling out into server configurations including HP's ProLiant SL390 G7 4U server. The company also boasted that the GPU has achieved the fastest-ever performance in a key measure of scientific computation.
"In the latest version of AMBER 11, one of the most widely used applications for simulating behaviors of biomolecules, four Tesla M2090 GPUs coupled with four CPUs delivered record performance of 69 nanoseconds of simulation per day," Nvidia said in a press release. "The fastest AMBER performance recorded on a CPU-only supercomputer is 46 ns/day."
Tagged as the world's fastest parallel processor for high performance computing, the beastly Tesla M2090 comes packed to the teeth with 512 CUDA parallel processing cores, delivering 665 gigaflops of peak double-precision performance. Other features include a peak single precision floating point performance of 1331 gigaflops, up to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, and a memory bandwidth of 177 GB/s (with ECC memory error protection off).
In the SL390 G7 4U server, up to eight Tesla M2090 GPUs can be crammed into the half-width 4U chassis. Coupled with two CPUs, HP's new server rig is a monster powerhouse best suited for applications ranging from "quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics to seismic processing and data analytics."
In addition to the new Tesla GPU, Tuesday Nvidia also announced the GeForce GTX 560 GPU -- the "little brother" of the previously-released Ti version -- and the release of the new beta GeForce R275 drivers.
According to Nvidia, these new drivers will bring increased performance and enhanced functionality to a "broad spectrum of PC games." This means 3D Vision support for Duke Nukem Forever, PhysX support to Alice: Madness Returns, and Surround support to Dungeon Siege III. Crysis 2 will get a 6-percent performance boost, Bulletstorm a 15-percent boost, and Portal 2 an 8-percent boost, among others.
As for the new GTX 560 GPU, cards will start at $199 USB and available from your favorite manufacturers including ASL, Asus, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, Zotac and others.
Did you catch that? The PC version of Duke Nukem Forever will support Nvidia 3D Vision! Check out the company's teaser trailer pasted below!